Time to focus on our 2nd amendment rights – the right to bear arms. A look at why home defense and self-defense is an important human right. This article is part of our Book: The Right to Be Armed; A Look at the Formation and Changes to the United States Firearms Laws and How They Affect Citizens Today.
The Need for Self Defense
With the obvious existence of violent criminal activity, it’s in one’s best interest to be able to defend themselves and the people around them in any way possible. That means being allowed to own and operate a firearm. Violent criminals don’t often have a great value for human life (apart from the self-preservation instinct) and it’s virtually impossible to be completely free from the risk of encountering a tragic situation.
No Liability to Protect
Unfortunately, even if the police are able to assist, it is not a line of protection that can be entirely relied on. The law has many unsettling examples of the lack of liability to protect individuals starting back in the 1800s. It may be surprising to hear that law enforcement in the United States is sworn to protect the peace, but not to protect an individual from harm. Many court cases have resulted in a ruling that reinforces this fact and releases officers of the law from consequences of negligible actions.
by Lisa Loperfido